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J.P. Wiser's Last Barrels 14 Year Old

Canadian Bourbon?

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

3rd Jun 2019

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    89

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I believe this whisky is no longer available. I have a bottle of it at home, but I'm always wishy-washy about opening discontinued stuff. Luckily a friend provided me with a sample so I could try it before opening. This whisky was allegedly made with an 80/11/9 Corn/Rye/Barley mashbill rather than the more common Canadian method of distill/age separately/blend later. I couldn't find information on the cask types, other than "oak casks" so I have no idea if they are ex-bourbon, virgin oak, thrice used, or the most intricate bespoke oak casks from the finest Xeres Bodegas in the known universe.

Sample provided by @Nozinan, bottle was opened May 18, 2016, gassed after each use, and was 1/3 full when the sample was poured on April 20, 2018.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): sour cherries, sweet corn, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, a bit of fresh tobacco
  • Palate (undiluted): very gentle arrival, almost too gentle, creamy texture, toffee, red fruits, honey, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, oak char,
  • Finish: medium length (shorter than I was expecting), a bit drying, more sour cherry candies, vanilla and coconut popping up near the end. At the very tail end of the finish there are some drying wood tannins.

I didn't bother adding water to this. It really didn't need it. The nose is the best part of this whisky; very bourbon-esque. All the flavours are lovely and coherent, and the finish, although a bit shorter than I'd hoped for, is pleasant. Not a dealbreaker by any means. This is still quite enjoyable. I'm not sure I'll rush to open this bottle, as I have plenty of bourbons open at the moment. This might be an interesting one to slip into a blind tasting to see if anyone picks it out as a Canadian whisky.

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